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Paperback, 22.3 x 14.3 cm
Published 1997
ISSN 1326-1460


Edited by Ivor Indyk

Winner, Penguin Award for Best Designed Paperback in Australian Publishers' Association 1997 Design Awards.

HEAT 5 dwells on the political dimension of culture, now that the spectre of racism is abroad again in the land.

Vietnam provides one focus, with excerpts from American poet George Evans‘ novel on the Vietnam War contrasted with French and Vietnamese fiction from the period of French colonial rule. The themes of cultural conflict and solidarity, decline and renewal, are explored in Gustaf Sobin‘s essay on the Roman aqueduct at Nimes and Don Miller‘s essay on “Neighbours and Strangers”; in short stories by Bruce Pascoe and the Filipino-Australian dramatist Merlinda Bobis; in the confrontation with racism in chapter 4 of Anna Couani‘s serial novel The Western Horizon and Peter Lyssiotis‘s photo essay “Whose”; and in the poems about war, friendship, and cultural influence by John Forbes, John Millett, Jennifer Maiden, Adam Aitken, William Bronk and Clayton Eshleman.

Other highlights include Nicholas Jose’s essay “On Reticence”, Ken Bolton and Gig Ryan on the less savoury aspects of Les Murray’s Subhuman Redneck Poems, discussions of French novelist Andreï Makine and Chinese poet Sun Wenbo, and Jackson Mac Low and Chris Mann at the cutting edge of language. Noel McKenna contributes a series of linocuts on the theme of “Play”, and there is new poetry by Peter Skrzynecki, Pam Brown, Myron Lysenko, Meera Atkinson and Kate Whitfield.


John Forbes – Lassù in Cielo

Gustaf Sobin – Aquaeductus

John Millett – War Poems

Clayton Eshleman – El Mozote

George Evans – A Year Without Sleep

Albert de Pouvourville – A Tell-Tale Gesture (translated by Brendan Doyle)

Nhat Linh – A Dream of Tu Lam (translated by Greg & Monique Lockhart)

Peter Lyssiotis – Whose?

Adam Aitken – Two Portraits

Jennifer Maiden – The Squadron

Merlinda Bobis – Fish-Hair Woman

Sinéad Morrissey – February

William Bronk – Four Poems

Don Miller – Neighbours & Stangers

Bruce Pascoe – The Marguerite Flower

Pam Brown – Acting Big

John F. Deane – Two Poems

Meera Anne Atkinson – To the Girl

Emma Lew – Two Poems

Nicholas Jose – On Reticence

Kate Whitfield – All of Me

Peter Skrzynecki – Death and the Maiden

Myron Lysenko – The Decision

Noel McKenna – Play

Sun Wenbo – The Program (translated by Maghiel van Crevel)

Jackson Mac Low – Sticky Bread Gets Sliced

Chris Mann – Not Yet

Eden Liddelow – The French Testament

Deep Bisla – Ou

Anna Couani – The Western Horizon (chapter 4)

Ken Bolton and Gig Ryan on Les Murray